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One of my common jokes about being an iPhone users is that at any given time, I only have 10% battery left. Like them or hate them, the reality is that as a smartphone user, battery life is a constant battle and while Apple has made great strides in battery life, the fact is that an iPhone has so much going on that it drains its battery quicker than say an iPad or iPod Touch. But there is a way to cut your iPhone charging by nearly half as I have discovered in my super-duper unofficial not-so-scientific testing and I found this little trick works when it comes to charging any iPhone and it even works – although not with as dramatic results – on an iPad and iPod Touch.
So what is this super-duper trick? When I tell you, you will have either one of two reactions:
“Duh” – in which case, I thank you for your time. Please move on to the next article here at AlliOSNews
“Never thought of that” – Don’t worry, I didn’t either
Like many of you, I have been making purchases in iBooks for several years now and have built up quite a collection. The free eReader app from Apple has continued to improve and the selection in the iBooks store is outstanding. One of the side effects of building such a reading collection however is, like in the real world, organisation of my virtual bookshelves. In a previous AlliOSNews How To we showed you how to organise your iBooks books using Collections. In this How To we are going to show you how to show or hide your purchases in iBooks for iOS so that you can further organise your collection. By enabling or disabling this feature, you will either see or hid the Purchased collection in iBooks for iOS. It is a simple thing but it can make swiping between your different collections quicker on your iPhone or iPad.
For this How To I am assuming that you have iBooks for iOS installed on your iPhone or iPad. If you do not, you can get it free in the App Store.
If this is your first time to use iBooks, take a look around. You will see a lot of free books available, especially literary classics.
Over the course of the past three iOS releases, Apple has ever increased the ability for a process for background app refresh. Background app refresh allows for an application to leverage your iPhone or iPad’s WiFi or Mobile carrier antennas to update their information so you, as the user, are provided the most up-to-date information in that app. For example, a magazine subscription you have through Newsstand that gets the latest edition download automatically to your device. Or it could be Facebook giving you the latest Timeline updates. Basically it is any app that updates its information without you having to intervene to make it happen.
Logically however, the more background app refreshes going on, the more battery consumption happens on your iPhone or iPad. Therefore the ability to control the background app refreshes that are going on can be critically important. The good news is that Apple has made it easy to control background app refreshing from a complete turn off or turn on or can control the refresh of individual apps. In this AlliOSNews How To, we will show you how to change the Background App refresh on your iPhone or iPad.
If you are like me, more and more friends and family are adding events to my calendar through Facebook. This could be everything from charity events to family get togethers to an open house or happy hour at my favourite pub or restaurant. Facebook has, for many, become the social calendar connection. With the deep integration of Facebook both in OS X Mavericks and iOS, adding these events to your calendar apps is easy and can help you keep track of where you need to be and when. In this How To we will show you how to add Facebook events to Calendar both in OS X and iOS.
The assumption we are making in this review is that you are using OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 and this How To is written with that in mind.
Let’s start with OS X Mavericks. First, go to System Preferences by finding it in Launchpad or by going to the Apple
menu and clicking System Preferences. From here, navigate to Internet Accounts and scroll down until you find Facebook. This is where you link Mavericks with Facebook so you can have your Facebook calendar and contacts synchronise with your Mac. All you need to do is make sure that the Calendars checkbox is ticked. Once that is done, you will find a Facebook section in Calendar and any events that you have in Facebook will be displayed in the Calendar app.
Conversely, if you want to disable this feature just simply remove the tick in the checkbox. You can also do this for Contacts should you chose not to have your Facebook contacts synchronise with the Contacts app on your Mac. Even if you have both of these un-ticked you can still post to Facebook from the Notification Center in Mavericks as well as share links in Safari, etc. All this area of System Preferences does is determine if you want Facebook Contacts and Calendars to synchronise with your Mac.
With the news on New Year’s Day 2014 that the popular social network SnapChat had been breached and some 4.6 million users information had been exposed, it highlights once again the importance of maintaining good security habits with your information and accounts online. While we depend on companies who provide these services to be secure, we as users also have a responsibility of making sure we do our part. In this How To we are going to cover how to stay more secure on the Internet by going over some of the basics that we all need to follow.
To start, let’s be pointblank: Security online is a PITA (Pain In The Ass). It’s not fun. It’s not easy. It certain is time consuming and on the surface there appears to be very little reward for doing it. But the reward is there and it comes in the form of not losing control of your accounts by someone with less-than-admirable qualities. Security breaches can and will happen and if your passwords and accounts are more secure than others, hackers will simply pass by your account to go to an easier one.
Create a Secure Password
The first and most important thing to do is create a properly secure password. That means it is complex and dare I say not easy to remember. Passwords should be complex, containing a mixture of alphanumeric, should be case sensitive (A and a for example) and have special characters such as !, $ or @. Last but not least, it should have 8 characters in it. For example, Atuxe87Ev1! (and no, that is not a password to anything of mine). The general rule is the more complex you can make your passwords the better. It should also not be based on a known word but be as random as possible.
But let’s be clear: No password is 100%. Hackers have tools out there that can hash out even the most complex of passwords. The objective of the game here is to be difficult so they move along to the next person.
How then do you keep up with all these passwords that you can’t remember? Use a wallet type application to keep track of all of them. I personally use eWallet from Ilium Software as it syncs with my iPhone, iPad and Mac but there are others out there. One nice thing about eWallet is it also has a password generator to create these complex passwords for you.
Don’t Use The Same Password Twice
So now that you’ve created a complex password, the temptation will be to use it for other sites. Do. Not. Do. It.
Every site and every service you use should have it is own unique password. It sounds straight forward but many people out there use the same password for everything online. That means that once someone has your password once, they have access to everything. Everything.
With the release of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, the inter-device communication on Apple devices continues to improve. That is evident in the Maps app that now is on both platforms. The Maps app for iPhone and iPad has taken some deserved criticism since its debut in iOS 6 but it along with its desktop big brother – released with OS X Mavericks – have continued to slowly and steadily improve.
One of the great features of Maps being on your Mac and your iPhone and iPad is the ability to share a map between the devices. In this How To we will show you how to send maps to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac Maps app. It’s a handy feature that saves time when you are planning your next journey.
First, open Maps on your Mac and search or enter a destination where you to go. Once you find that destination you
either tap on the pushpin to get to the information dialog box or if it is a known location, it will pop that box up for you automatically. In my example I’ve chosen the British Museum in London. Here I have the option to “Get Directions” but I can also get reviews and other information about the Museum including Yelp! reviews. Click on the Get Directions option and enter your starting point. By default Maps will assume you want to leave from your current location. The most direct path from your start and end points will be displayed along with turn-by-turn direction. If there are alternative paths you will be shown those paths and if you have Traffic enabled – just tap the cars icon in the upper-left corner on the menu bar – you will see road conditions on the path(s) selected.
Inside of OS X regardless of version is the Library Folder. This mythical folder contains all sorts of important information about you, your computer, your files and apps. It is a place that Apple by designed does not show you in Finder because one wrong step and you could delete something or change something that causes apps to fail and other general mayhem.
Back in November of 2011 I showed you how to show the Library Folder in OS X Lion – and it was a process. Fortunately
Apple has made it much simpler in Mavericks and in this How To I will show you exactly what you need to do. As before however, I need to warn you. Unless you absolutely need to do so you should keep your User/Library folder hidden. By unhiding the folder you could accidentally delete something or change something that causes general issues with your Mac. You’ve been warned!
To start, open up Finder on your Mac and navigate to your User Folder. This will be the folder that is usually your name. Once you have that folder displayed in Finder, two-finger tap on your trackpad (or “right-click”) to open up the menu for the folder and navigate to “Show View Options”. This will open up the viewing options menu for this folder. About halfway down the menu you will see a checkbox with “Show Library Folder” next to it. Check that box and magically you will now see your Library Folder. No Terminal scripting required in Mavericks, just this simple checkbox.
From this point forward your Library Folder will now be displayed when you navigate to your User folder in Mavericks and you can easily navigate within the folder for making changes.
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One of the great new features of iOS 7 is Control Center. Control Center in iOS 7 gives you the ability to quickly access features that are commonly needed while using your iPhone or iPad. This includes things such as being able to turn your WiFi and Bluetooth functionality on or off, put your device in Airplane Mode, accessing your camera or the calculator just the name a few. It is a handy feature – yes Android users I know you’ve had this a while already – and is one of the things we really like about this new iOS.
Just for a point of clarity, Control Center is accessed by sliding from the bottom of the display on your iPhone or iPad up to
the top. It brings up a translucent panel – that is Control Center.
By default Control Center in iOS 7 is enabled by default and it is enabled to be accessible from the Lock Screen and from within Apps. It is that last part that can be tricky as some apps you need to be able to swipe from the bottom or near the bottom but you don’t want to accidentally open up Control Center. Think Infinity Blade III for example when you are in a fight. One move is to swipe up to upper-cut your opponent. It has been frustrating a few times when I’ve done this and gotten Control Center instead.
While you cannot completely disable Control Center in iOS 7 you can limit it to only being accessible via the Home screen and not anywhere else. In this How To we show you exactly how to do that to help prevent those accidental openings.
We are all aware by now of the many changes that iOS 7 has brought to your iPhone and your iPad and one of the biggest changes was with the built-in Camera app. in iOS 7 you know can dow filtering right from within the app and shoot a variety of photo types – from square format to panoramic photos – with a single swipe. A feature that has not received a lot of press though is the new Burst Mode in the Camera app. In this How To we will show you how to use Burst Mode in the Camera app in iOS 7 so you can take a sequence of photos at your next sporting or family game event.
Using Burst Mode in the Camera app is deceptively simple as you don’t do anything different than when you take a normal
photo. As we all know, to take a photo just tap the shutter button on your iPhone or iPad screen or use the volume up button on your iPhone. To use Burst Mode instead of taking a photo and releasing your finger from the screen, keep holding it down. As long as you are holding your finger on the shutter button, iOS 7 will continue to capture photos, taking one about every second.
When you have completed taking your sequence of photos, go into the Photos app and you will see the sequence of photos you have taken as individual photos. Now you can go through and select the one or two you want to keep in the sequence and delete the rest.
Burst Mode is great if you are trying to capture sports, pets or kids. You can simply hold the shutter button down and capture a sequence to try to get the best shot. It is something photographers have had an camera for decades and now you don’t have to buy an app to get this features. It’s built in!
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Personal Hotspot is a feature that has been available in iOS since version 4.3 and allows you to effectively turn your iPhone into your own Internet access point. By configuring it, you can connect your Mac, PC or WiFi only iPad to your iPhone as if it were a WiFi access point, leveraging the 3G connectivity that your iPhone has for Internet Access. In this How To we will show you how to enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and connect up a device to it.
Before we begin there are two important things you need to keep in mind about setting up your Personal Hotspot. First, you have to have the feature enabled on your account with your mobile provider. Most providers throughout the world charge an additional fee to enable the feature and allow only a certain amount of data via this “tethering”. You will need to make sure that you have this on your account with your provider or you likely not be able to enable the feature on your iPhone. For the purpose of this How To we are assuming you have this enabled on your account. Please do not email AlliOSNews to enable this feature for you. We can’t do it – you have to go through your mobile carrier.
Secondly, you should be very mindful of the amount of data that you are using when you are using your Personal Hotspot on your iPhone. Macs, PCs and other connected devices can rapidly consume large chunks of data and if you have a small and/or limited data plan you could end up with significant overage charges. Put it another way: Most of us should only use Personal Hotspot as an emergency solution to get online from your Mac or PC.